Firearms Law

History of Firearms Laws

While there are a number of state and federal firearms laws currently on the book and more on the way every day, the modern history of firearms laws in the US doesn’t really begin until the turn of the last century. The videos listed below are a great resource that give perspective into the context surrounding the passage of the laws and the mechanics for how the laws work.

The 1934 NFA Explained:

The Gun Control Act of 1968:

The 1986 Firearms Owners Protection Act:

The 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act:

Armor Piercing Ammo:

Quick Access State Law Guide:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona (pdf), website
  4. Arkansas, Lexis search ‘firearm’
  5. California (pdf)
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Delaware (2012)
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois, conceal carry law
  14. Indiana
  15. Iowa (pdf)
  16. Kansas (pdf), website
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana (click right for more statutes)
  19. Maine (type firearm)
  20. Maryland
  21. Massachusetts
  22. Michigan (pdf)
  23. Minnesota (pdf)
  24. Mississippi
  25. Missouri (search “gun” or “firearm”)
  26. Montana
  27. Nebraska
  28. Nevada
  29. New Hampshire
  30. New Jersey
  31. New Mexico (search “gun” or “firearm”)
  32. New York
  33. North Carolina, (2)
  34. North Dakota
  35. Ohio
  36. Oklahoma, (2)
  37. Oregon
  38. Pennsylvania
  39. Rhode Island
  40. South Carolina
  41. South Dakota (pdf)
  42. Tennessee (type firearm)
  43. Texas
  44. Utah
  45. Vermont
  46. Virginia
  47. Washington State
  48. West Virginia
  49. Wisconsin
  50. Wyoming

NRA-ILA  and Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence summaries of state gun laws

Federal Gun laws:

ATF Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide

ATF Electronic Code of Federal Regulations

Supreme Court Rulings Regarding Firearms (goal.org)

  1. Jaime Caetano v. Massacheusetts
  2. McDonald v City of Chicago
  3. Heller v District of Columbia
  4. Sheriff/Coroner, Ravalli County, Montana v United States
  5. United States v Verdugo-Urquirdez
  6. Lewis v United States
  7. United States v Miller
  8. Miller v Texas
  9. Presser v Illinois
  10. United States v Cruikshank